I love the place, and all other stuffs in it...
i visited the place some 4 times, but loved the service to the customers,the food, its quality, and the items in the menu. The flavours of the food itself will make us eat in huge amount,. The place is quiet, but decorations are different, cost may be bit costly, but worth giving the money for the food and our privacy over thr is gr8.But really we have to book the tables before we arrive, as they allow only limited number of people per time (like lunch,dinner or breakfast). Try once n u will feel what i said is true...
One of a kind
Annalakshmi is a place to dine only for the well-informed. One needs to be aware that - the food will be fabulous on taste, but rich and quite heavy. The food can cost around 500-600 per head. In my book, it is worth it, but then one needs to know this before hand
Annalakshmi is operated by a trust that is based outside India. Its a Mutt - and their volunteers act as the waiters. Needless to add, it is purely vegetarian. It is said that the Thali meal's menu changes every day and the same menu gets repeated only after two months!!
So I would recommend only the Thali. However, its quite tempting to try out one of their drinks. They are named amazingly. And the ingredients are mind-blowing - saffron, sandalwood! I have tried many of these, and I would recommend the Rasamaduri in particular
The thali - well, what to say about it - food just keeps coming on your plate - its a unique mixture of North and South Indian food - some pulse based dals, some paneer based sabjis, some lemon rice, some unique podis from down South and so on
Naturally, the stomach is rather heavy at the end of it - so this one is not for the light hearted or calory conscious. My only regret is that I have often eaten so much that I do not do justice to the dessert in the end.
But yes, this is a greta place to eat once in a while - especially if you are a vegetarian and want a unique dining experience
OMG OMG OMG AWESOME!!!
Itz an experience... run by some non profit (very expensive lol) trust. People serving the food there could b anyone form a doc to a lawyer. Some sort of a voluntary service. But thatz not the point!!! The food- OMG OMG OMG is yummmmmmmmmmmm. The bill rapes ur wallet for vege food, but the food- itz simply AWESOME! Nothing comes near it. I thought "Southern Spice" at the Taj Coromandel was the best, but this is even better.
Annalakshmi is a very well crafted and designed restaurant on Mount Road. This is the only place where the customers are treated so well and the Maitre-D is so concerned that he even cautions before taking a step down. The waiters always serve with a big smile and make you feel as comfortable as possible.
The Preethi Bhojan is the best option. It is priced at Rs. 400/- and the varieties available are mind boggling. It starts with a cream soup and papad. The main course consists of two gravys for the poori or roti which is of course unlimited. A salad and raita are given along. The salad is normally made of sprouts or boiled groundnuts. The most interesting raita here is the dates raita which is delicious. Two vegetables are also given to accompany the rice varieties. Few of the best gravys are the corn in a milk and cream based gravy and the bindi masala with a twist. After the roti and poori course, there is a pulao and a tradition mixed rice. After this steamed rice is served with either vetha kozhambu, sambar and steaming hot rasam. There is also a choice of podi. Vepam poo and dried sundakai are also available. The vepam poo is best with karuvepalai podi and dried sundakai is best with vetha kozhambu. There are a number of pickle varieties like Maavidu, freshly cut mango pickle and ginger or garlic pickle for curd rice.
The food is not complete without a dessert. The payasam is a cherry on top of the cake. Overall the food is amazing and the best south Indian restaurant in Chennai.
Quality comes with a price..
Annalakshmi is one of my favorite food spots in the world.. Their food quality is damn amazing, their concept is awesome and the friendliness of staff is unbelievable. But watch out on your wallet, they are close to the most expensive.
But if you are not worried about the cost, and open to this kinda stuff try this out.
What they serve here is not a meal!! Its a F E A S T!!! I hope you get the difference.. Its a revolving menu, and as the other reviewer has written, I had never experienced frustration in this joint in particular.
They are so special in south indian vegetarian dishes. Whatever I had here, I just loved it.. Almost every dish I got here became my favorite..
So no worries.. Check this spot..
Fill ur wallet b4 u dare to enter
This much hyped place isnt really worth all the praise. To start with, the location is kinda frustrating. The place has an awesome ambiance (royal,should i say?) elegant and indianish totally! So you sit and dine in a kinda 'divine' place and you get served on silver plates and 'actual' silverware. (mind you, they charge u as much as the plate costs them).The drinks are traditional with safforn, cardomom and everything indian! I cannot comment on 'Starters' cos the mangalore bonda that was ordered dint reach till the dessert came and the reason given to us was that 'the chef said it ll take 40 mins so I cancelled it' well who made the order? and hey by the way y r they called starters?
Coming to the best part, the food is what they claim it to be 'typically' grandma made, tastes so nostalgic. The roti and paneer 'watever' gravy were very restaurant style but the home-style potato and beans with dal were incredible. The bissibella bath melted on the tongue! The papad was served almost after we finished the meal wouldve been better with this. The pulav, morkozhambu were average. The vethakozhambu is not really good enough. Anyways dont miss the podi and ghee since you will already be filled. It is too good! Curd rice is nothing great. The pal payasam is gr8 too but after eating so much u def cant eat more.
Now that ur stomach is full get ready for a heart attack. Whatever said and done this place is tooooo expensive and is not really worth it. It is nothing more than a 'special meals' you could get at saravana bhavan or sangeetha probably. The basic thali (Preethi Bhojan) costs 350 bucks, the rest are above 600!
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